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Shallow Super to suit National Bee Hives

It is called a super because it usually goes over the top of most other parts of a hive. American usage of the word can be misleading as 'super' is a name that is often appended to any sort of box that contains frames.

It is also known just as a "shallow" or a "shallow box". And is the item that a beekeeper will have the most of, simply because the bees will fill several of them whilst they are on the hives and you will have others that are awaiting extraction, some being extracted and yet others waiting to be returned to hives.

An empty super can be used for many of the uses of an eke.

They can also be filled with hanging section frames instead of extracting frames.

  National Bee Hive Super, 3 views

Supers are basically a shorter version of a brood box.

Cutting of parts (all dimensions are in mm). (When drawings of individual parts are available, the table rows will become live links.) The Grain should run along the longest dimension of any part.

  3rd Angle Projection
Qty LengthWidth ThicknessMaterialUsage
2460 15018PineSides
246044 25PineFront and back top rails (rebated)
2460 4425PineBottom rails (splayed and rebated)
2424 12618PineFront and back panels

Note The front and back are set 9 mm up from the baseline.

This cross sectional view may make assembly, of store bought kits, more easy.

Scale = 1 pixel per 2 mm

  cross section of shallow National super

Dave Cushman.

Written... 06 February 2002, Upgraded... 01 December 2005,
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